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Section 6 is the longest section of the Larapinta Trail, but much of the trail winds up, around and over undulating and boring terrain for no particular reason. That said, it is a pleasant walk across Alice Valley and a welcoming change after the rugged mountainous terrain of S5. Excellent walk for bird watching. Rocky Gully is a nice half way campsite.
Point Longest section of the Larapinta Trail
Point Easy access to trailhead at Ellery Creek
Point Undulating, winding and boring terrain at times
Point Access to Hugh Gorge Trailhead is by high clearance 4WD only
Point Views from the Saddle are impressive
Point Excellent bird life along entire trail
Point Ghost Gum Flat campsite. Nice overnight camp option.
Point Rocky Gap is a nice halfway point. There are also water tanks
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Section 6 Campsites | S6 Trailhead - Hugh Gorge
Birthday Waterhole Access Track
Trail Grade Grade 3 Med: Suitable for fit walkers
Distance (km) 31.2  
Duration (hrs) 11 Comfortable. Allow sightseeing
Terrain Good Mostly hard surfaces
Gradient Average Undulating
Trail Good .Trail is well defined
Water Yes Limited. In tanks only.
Shade Poor Very Limited.
Camping Fees Yes ($5.00 per person) Ellery Creek
Campsites Yes S6 Campsites page
Walk Options Yes Multiday - Extended
Hugh Gorge TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterParking
Ghost Gum Flat Tables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsCampsite/CampgroundNo Campfires
Rocky Gully Campsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsNo Campfires
Ellery Creek TrailheadPark & Trail InformationCampsite/CampgroundWaterToiletrsShelterParkingTables, Chairs and/or Tent PadsGas BBQNo CampfiresFood Storage
Campground/Camping Hugh Gorge   9-10 tents* No Campfires
Campground/Camping Ghost Gum Flat   3-4 tents* No Campfires
Campground/Camping Rocky Gully   5-6 tents* No Campfires
Campground/Camping Ellery Creek   9-10 tents* No Campfires
    * Average 2 person size tent






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NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
NT Parks Section Fact Sheet and Trail Map External Link
4WD Access Only Getting to Hugh Gorge Trailhead
Alice Springs to Hugh Gorge Access Track Turn Off is approx 56 km west of Alice Springs via Larapinta and Namatjira Dve. Hugh Gorge is located 22.3km from the T/O along a high clearance 4WD only track.
Hugh Gorge Access Webpage
Vehicle Access (2WD, AWD) Getting to Ellery Creek Trailhead
The Ellery Creek Trailhead is approx 90 km west of Alice Springs and can be access via the sealed Larapinta & Namatjira Drives. Access from Namatjira Road to the car park is via a 2km rocky dirt track which is OK for 2WD's but can be a little bumpy.
Blog: Accessing Trailheads
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Off Track
Common views near Hugh View
Trail passing through rocky gneiss terrain
Common type of flat and easy walking
Typical terrain and scenery
Common views of Chewing's Range
Open rocky terrain near Heavitree Range
Heading up to Saddle
Close to Ellery Creek looking backwards W
Looking W on high ground close to Ellery C

























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